IN THE NAME OF GOD, GO
Daily Mirror|January 20, 2022
Rebels' bid to oust him MP defects... top Tory speaks for the nation
BEN GLAZE, DAN BLOOM

JOHNSON HANGING BY A THREAD

BORIS Johnson was last night clinging to power after senior Tory David Davis demanded he quit.

And the PM is waiting to see if MPs trigger a vote to oust him, as Red Wall MP Christian Wakeford defected to Labour.

Mr Davis told him: "In the name of God, go” He was quoting a plea to Tory PM Neville Chamberlain in 1940.

BORIS Johnson's crumbling authority was dealt a crushing blow yesterday with a Red Wall defection and yet more calls to quit over Partygate.

And as the PM faced an anxious wait to see whether MPs trigger a vote of no confidence in him, Tory heavyweight David Davis was among those demanding his head.

One senior Tory warned Mr Johnson's position was now “in the balance”, as Bury South MP Christian Wakeford switched to the Labour benches. He insisted his former boss had not delivered on his promises to Red Wall voters.

PM'S RED WAIL

But the deepest cut came from former Brexit Secretary Mr Davis, who said the PM's disastrous TV interview on Tuesday over Partygate convinced him he should quit. He told a hushed Commons: "I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take.

“Yesterday he did the T opposite of that. So, I will remind him of a quotation which may be familiar to his ear, Leopold Amery to Neville Chamberlain, 'You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. In the name of God, go?" The line was first uttered by Oliver Cromwell to the Long Parliament in 1653.

WHO'S NEXT

MORE Tory MPs could be poised to abandon Boris Johnson after the defection of Christian Wakeford.

Keir Starmer told Tories in the Commons: "He, and anyone else who wants to build a new Britain built on decency, security, prosperity and respect, is welcome in my party."

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